R v Ankerson

Criminal law – Trial. The defendant appealed against his conviction for threatening to destroy or damage property, alleging that the judge had erred in directing the jury that the test was whether he had intended the listener to fear that he might carry out the threat. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in dismissing the appeal, held that the listener could have the relevant fear, even where he was not certain that the threat would be carried out. Accordingly, there had been no misdirection as such and it had not rendered the verdict unsafe.

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